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Saturday 18 April 2015
The week in pictures

This week saw db dine on sashimi served with billowing dry ice, sample an Inked Daiquiri made with charcoal and sip Hendrick’s-laced cocktails at the launch of the brand’s botanical garden.



db eats: STK London

db dines on Parmesan-dusted chips, rib eye steak with wild garlic butter and a divine baked brioche with chive, olive oil at STK London.

Bordeaux 2014: VCC wine of the vintage?

The Liv-ex merchants’ survey crowned Vieux Château Certan as the wine of the 2014 vintage with two thirds expecting increased interest from buyers.

Riesling the best match for sausage rolls

Riesling is the best wine match for sausage rolls, while Cabernet Sauvignon is the perfect pairing for pepperoni pizza according to a new aroma wheel.

MW treks Kilimanjaro for wine experiment

James Cluer MW has revealed the results of a unique wine tasting held at 19,000 feet, having trekked to the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro last year.


SABMiller records strong growth

SABMiller, the world’s second largest beer brewer, has posted fourth-quarter sales figures that have exceeded industry estimates, with revenue growing by 6%.

Ben & Jerry’s to release salted caramel ale

Ice cream makers Ben & Jerry’s has teamed up with US craft brewer New Belgium Brewery to release a salted caramel brownie brown ale.

Suntory launches collagen beer in Japan

Japanese producer Suntory is telling women to drink themselves beautiful using a new beer laced with collagen – the protein linked to skin firmness.

ASA rules Guinness tweet ‘not irresponsible’

The Advertising Standards Authority has backed Guinness after one of its tweets was accused of encouraging irresponsible alcohol consumption.

Miller Lite’s accidental success: Why it won’t last

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with a little good luck.

by Dan Fox

En primeur snapshot: why terroir matters

"What is this wine?” I thought to myself, after blind tasting the first growth Sauternes Château de Rayne Vigneau. by Marisa D'Vari

Diageo’s World Class 2015: the next steps

Diageo’s Word Class cocktail competition has seen significant changes this year, not least to its structure and its challenges. by Ross Kerslake

BIVB boosts Burgundy with virtual tastings

"Bourgogne wines, live and direct in 25 cities around the world!" This is the tag line for a series of interactive presentations being hosted around the world by the BIVB. by Simone Madden-Grey
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Charcoal cocktails are the new black

As the trend for barbecue and smoked meat gathers pace, mixologists are taking things a step further by using charcoal as an ingredient in cocktails.

Story pushing digestif & chocolate pairing

Quirky London Bridge restaurant Story is championing the idea of digestif and chocolate pairing with its new “Bedtime Story” menu.

Suntory’s exquisite 3D-printed ice cubes

As far as advertising campaigns go, this collection of miniature ice cube sculptures has to be one of the most creative.

Walsh slams Irish gov support for whiskey

Bernard Walsh, founder of Irish whiskey brand Walsh Whiskey, has claimed that if he had set up his company in Scotland he would have got “five times as much government support” than he does in Ireland.

Our Top 10's

Top 10 wines in the US press

A conservation-conscious Chenin Blanc, “textbook” Côtes du Rhône and sprinkling of Hollywood stardust feature in this week’s roundup.

Top 10 architectural wonders of the wine world

You don’t have to look far to find stunning examples of architectural prowess in the world of wine, but these are perhaps among the most impressive.

World’s best airport bars and restaurants

Airports might not be synonymous with fine dining, but there are a host of terminal-based bars and restaurants seeking to raise the bar.

Top 10 wines in the UK press

A “rich, concentrated and full-bodied” cru Beaujolais, an “almond-nutty” Sherry fit for a Spanish springtime feast and a smattering of sake make this week’s round-up.

Top 10 wines in the US press

A budget Burgundy, “elegant” 2005 Rioja and an Israeli Cabernet from the owner of Château Lafite have been making the headlines this week.

Top 10 wine brands 2015

In a year that saw major shifts in the global wine market, the drinks business tracks and examines the world’s 10 biggest selling bottled wine brands.

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Bordeaux 2014: Left or Right?

Widely acknowledged as the best vintage since 2010, even if not perfect, do critic’s scores for 2014 generally favour the Left or Right Banks of the Gironde?

’59 Mouton to headline London sale

Magnums of 1959 Mouton Rothschild and an ex-cellar consignment of 1995 Ornellaia will lead Sotheby’s next London sale this month.

Bordeaux buyers flock to mature vintages

Château Latour has led a recent surge of trade in older vintages as buyers look to mature Bordeaux for value over more recent releases.

‘There is no market’ for 2013 Bordeaux

There is no demand for 2013 Bordeaux whatsoever, admitted Lilian Barton-Sartorius from Château Léoville Barton, although buyers shouldn’t expect prices to fall for this year’s release.


Champagne awards calling for UK entries

The Champagne Bureau UK is calling for wine educators to enter this year’s Champagne Ambassadors’ Awards.

Perrier-Jouët launches vintage collection

Perrier-Jouët has released the first series of its Art of Vintage Collection – three rare Champagnes stored in its chef de cave’s cellars for up to 25 years.

Hamilton criticised for spraying hostess in face with Champagne

Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton has been criticised for spraying a hostess in the face with Champagne after winning the Chinese Grand Prix on Sunday.

LVMH posts strong first quarter profits

LVMH has posted a first quarter revenue increase of 16%, rising to €8.3 billion, but its wines and spirits division continued to lag.

Hautvillers to open to the public

The abbey of Hautvillers, once home to the fabled Dom Pérignon, is to open to the public later this year for a series of guided tours and tastings.